1 in 5 legislators won't be returning to Capitol

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2012 - 6:48 AM
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realpersonMay. 24, 12 7:44 AM

If I was a congress person I would not come back either. After taking all the states money for a stadium and telling our teachers and students that football is more important then their education. The rest will be voted out also. They ones leaving will probably move to South Dakota so they don't have to pay for the stadium in the next couple of years.

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rickbmnMay. 24, 12 8:10 AM

"...will have lost significant experience..." What experience are we losing? How to tax and spend more (regardless of party)? How to ram more useless rules and regulations down our throats? This is exactly what we DO need. We NEED those positions to turnover more frequently (on both sides). The problems arise BECAUSE people stay around there forever and create little kingdoms within. They think they are there to legislate every aspect of lives. We don't need life-long legislators. Go there and do 4 years and leave. That's what we need. And to the STRIB writer and nay sayers: we would do just fine without career politicians who "know the ropes." There are many smart and talented people who can fill those shoes with new ideas and new ways of doing things instead of lining up behind a power base. To those voluntarily leaving office: thanks for your service (both sides) and thanks for leaving on your own. May other follow your path.

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SensaySuaveMay. 24, 12 9:05 AM

I think they should all "retire".

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mn2niceMay. 24, 12 9:33 AM

I think some of those who say they are retiring would rather be doing that rather than face the music in November. Those who are still there and were responsible for this dismally unproductive session will find it a bitter pill to swallow come November 7th.

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clairjrMay. 24, 12 9:57 AM

"If I was a congress person I would not come back either. After taking all the states money for a stadium and telling our teachers and students that football is more important then their education."***************Typical. As though the stadium will be taking away monies needed for education. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though, knowing the liberal mindset; unless every penny coming into the state coffers is directly set up to benefit the educational system, then we will be thought to have failed as a state and a people. Ridiculous, inflammatory and decidedly untrue.

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evldedMay. 24, 1210:00 AM

Only 1 in 5? That's still not nearly enough.

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raymondb62May. 24, 1210:45 AM

For all those saying that we should just vote everyone out and that "experience" doesn't matter, let me say "don't show your stupidity any more than you have to"! Would you opt to run a business model where you turn over your workforce every two years for no other reason than just the change? If you did, you're business would be run into the ground in short order. I agree that 30-40 year politicians are not a good idea but it usually takes a few terms before a legislator understands the rules and regs of passing laws and can make informed decisions. Just look at the mess caused by all those first term GOPers that got plum committee seats this session and proceeded to drive the State Government down the hole!

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smokybeckhamMay. 24, 1210:48 AM

I guess Peterson won't get to work with her partner in crime Phyllis Kahn and steal opponents campaign literature this year then...

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clairjrMay. 24, 1211:09 AM

"Just look at the mess caused by all those first term GOPers that got plum committee seats this session and proceeded to drive the State Government down the hole!"*************What "mess" was that again, Raymond? I missed it.

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raymondb62May. 24, 12 3:34 PM

Clairjr... what mess??!! How about the rash of partisan bills that had no chance of surviving the Governer's veto nor had the support of any DFLers to possibly mount an override?? Or the focus on unrelated constitutional amendments that did nothing to address the deficit or lack of jobs?? With experience comes the understanding that you can take a stand on principle but you govern from compromise. So maybe you do agree to a small tax increase, in exchange you get some of the cuts you want. So you do give up on some tax cuts for businesses, in exchange you might get some relaxation of regulations. Politics is not a football game and there is more to life than winning or losing.

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